Commandos 3 Demo
README file 01/10/2003
Part 1: Things You Should Know
Please read through the DirectX section of this document. This section has information that is vital to successfully running Commandos 3 on your system.
If you are really stuck there is a walkthrough at the end of this readme.
This game is optimised for Microsoft's DirectX 9. In order for you to play the game, you must have DirectX 9-compliant drivers for your video card and sound card. Please note that although DirectX 9 is installed with the game, your video and sound card drivers will not be upgraded to DirectX 9 drivers.
You will need to obtain the latest DirectX 9 drivers from your card
manufacturer or PC supplier. These drivers cannot be supplied by Eidos.
1.2 Memory and Performance
While the game will run fine in 256 Mb of RAM, your playing experience will be smoother if you have at least 512 Mb.
Regardless of how much memory you have, you can maximize your available memory and increase the overall performance of the game engine by doing the following:
q Closing any open windows
q Shutting down all other programs, including menu-bar programs like ICQ
q Defragmenting your hard drive
Eidos recommends that you have no other programs running at all while playing Commandos 3. Other programs, including virus checkers, system utilities and screen savers can cause system degradation when playing games software and may conflict with the game for system resources, potentially resulting in instability and crashes.
1.3 Known Issues
q Any form of returning to Windows (I.e. Alt-Tab) not supported.
q Some buttons are incorrectly drawn but still function on
Matrox G400/450 cards. Game performance unaffected.
q Admin rights required for installation/playing
q On startup of each level the game will cache the data required and the user may be on a blank screen for a few seconds, depending on specification of PC
q The tooltip for Assault Rifle Ammo is incorrect. It currently reads as: 'Machine Gun Ammo' but should read as: 'Assault Rifle Ammo'.
q Be careful in the ‘Central Europe: Get to Engine’ mission! If you throw a grenade in the train wagons containing the art, you will destroy the art and the mission will fail.
q Only the Thief can use the Piano Wire. To use it, select the Piano Wire, approach an enemy soldier from behind, and Left-Click on him.
Pyro Studios and Eidos are committed to providing customer support for our games on a continuing basis. In that spirit, there may be a patch for Commandos 3 forthcoming; visit the Eidos website for more information.
Part 2: Technical Issues
2.1 Installation & Set-up
The Minimum system requirements are as follows:
Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/XP (Admin rights required)
Pentium® III 700 Mhz (or Athlon(tm) equivalent)
128 MB on Windows 98SE, 256 on Windows 2000/XP
32 MB DirectX 9 compatible 3D Graphics card (nVidia GeForce or Ati Radeon Chipset)
Windows 98SE/2000/XP-compatible sound card (100% DirectX 9-compatible)
Quad-speed (4x) CD-ROM drive
2 GB free disk space
100% Windows 98SE/2000/XP -compatible mouse and keyboard
The Minimum Network play requirements are:
Pentium® III 1.0 GHz (or Athlon(tm) equivalent)
64 MB GeForce or ATI Radeon equivalent
LAN, ADSL or Cable Modem
The Recommended system requirements are as follows:
Pentium® 4 2.0 GHz (or Athlon(tm) XP equivalent)
128 MB GeForce 4ti or ATI Radeon 9xxx equivalent
Preparing Your Hard Drive
To ensure that your installation is trouble free, you should check to see that your hard drive and file system are both tuned for optimum performance. Windows comes with two utility programs that find and fix any errors and optimise your hard drive performance. The first of these programs is called scandisk.
Scandisk will check your hard drive for problems and can fix any that it finds.
You can run scandisk by clicking on the Start button from the Windows Taskbar, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally scandisk.
Once scandisk has finished running, you should next optimise your hard drive's performance by running a program called Disk Defragmenter. You can run Disk Defragmenter by clicking on the Start button from the Windows desktop, followed by Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and finally Disk Defragmenter.
Installing Commandos 3
Installing Commandos 3 is easy. Simply insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.
After a few seconds, the Launch Panel will appear.
This program will guide you through the remaining process via onscreen prompts.
If at any time you are instructed to restart your computer, do so.
In the event the Launch Panel does not appear when you insert the CD:
Double-click on the My Computer icon, then double-click on the CD-ROM icon, and lastly double-click on the Setup.exe file to bring up the Launch Panel OR:
q Click on the Start button.
q Choose Run from the pop-up menu.
q Type d:setup in the box provided (where d: designates your CD-ROM drive letter).
q Click on the OK button to begin the install program.
You will be prompted to select the path and directory to which you wish to install the game on your hard drive. The default is
C:Program FilesEidosPyro StudiosCommandos 3
You may change this if you wish to.
The Microsoft DirectX 9 install prompt will appear during installation. If you already have it installed on your system please uncheck the box. You may either choose to install or not install at this time. If you already have a version of DirectX 9 on your system, we encourage you to not reinstall DirectX. If you do not have DirectX 9 installed, you must install it before you are able to play Commandos 3 (please refer to the next section of this guide before proceeding).
Starting/Loading The Game
Once the install has finished and you have opted to run the game, the Launch Panel will appear on the screen. Simply click on the Run button to start the game.
You may also:
q Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the game.
q Click on the View Readme button to view the readme file.
q Click on OK to play the game.
q Click on the Exit button to exit the Launch Panel.
If you are going to play the game at a later time insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. After a few seconds, the Commandos 3 Launch panel should appear on the screen via the AutoPlay feature. Now click on the Run button to start the game.
There is also a button present to Exit.
In the event the AutoPlay feature does not work, you may click on the My Computer icon and then click on the CD-ROM icon to bring up the Launch Panel.
q Click on the Start button.
q Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
q Drag your mouse to the right and click on Commandos 3 from the list.
q Click on Commandos 3 from the ensuing pop-up menu.
Uninstalling Commandos 3
If you need to UNINSTALL Commandos 3, you may do any of the following three things:
Insert the Commandos 3 CD into the CD-ROM drive to activate the AutoPlay feature. This will bring up the Launch Panel. Click on the Uninstall button, then click on the Yes button from the ensuing pop-up panel to uninstall the program
q Click on the Start button.
q Choose Programs from the pop-up menu.
q Drag your mouse to the right and click on Commandos 3 from the list.
q Click on UninstallShield from the ensuing pop-up menu and follow the onscreen instructions.
Go to the Control Panel and choose Add/Remove Programs. Click on Commandos 3 from the pop-up panel to follow, select the Add/Remove button, and follow the onscreen prompts.
2.2 CD-ROM Problems
Commandos 3 requires at least a Quad-Speed CD-ROM drive with 32-bit Windows drivers.
I receive a "xxxxxx.xxx not found" error message when installing or running Commandos 3
This error message is usually the result of your computer using MS-DOS (16 bit) drivers instead of Windows (32 bit) drivers for your CD-ROM drive. You can easily check to see if this is causing problems by opening the Control Panel (either click on the My Computer icon or click on the Start button followed by Settings, then Control Panel).
In the Control Panel window, double-click on the System icon then click on the Performance tab. You should now see a summary of the performance status of your computer. One of the lines should say “File System: 32-bit” and the last line should say "Your system is configured for optimal performance." If you see a message saying "Drive X is using MS-DOS compatibility mode," then you will need to contact your system vendor to obtain and install 32-bit drivers for your CD-ROM drive.
Why doesn't the AutoPlay feature come up when I insert the Commandos 3 CD into the CD-ROM drive?
This is usually a configuration issue. There are many different ways to enable the AutoPlay functions of Windows. The standard method is described below:
1) Enter the Control Panel from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, followed by Settings, and then Control Panel.
2) Double-click the icon labelled System, usually located alphabetically towards the bottom of the Control Panel window, to bring up the System Properties panel.
3) Click on the tab at the top labelled Device Manager and when the new panel appears, locate the section labelled CD-ROM and click the Plus (+) sign in front of it. (If there is a minus sign in front, don't click it.)
4) Now double-click the CD-ROM drive revealed and the CD-ROM Properties panel will appear.
5) Click on the Settings tab at the top.
6) Towards the middle of the panel, you should see a few checkboxes within the Options section. At the bottom of that section, you should see a checkbox labelled Auto insert notification.
7) Make sure there is a check mark in the box provided and click on the OK button to complete the process.
If the game Auto Plays multiple times:
Some CD ROM drives cause Commandos 3 to AutoPlay multiple times, which also may result in lack of control within the game. To remedy this problem click on the CD ROM properties in the System Properties panel and under settings turn off Auto Notification.
2.3 Crashes and Lock-Ups
When I start Commandos 3, my mouse cursor disappears and my computer locks-up.
Chances are your installed audio card drivers are not compatible with DirectX.
The only solution is to get a DirectX 9-compatible driver from your audio card manufacturer.
When I start Commandos 3, I receive the following error message:
"The application Commandos 3.exe referenced memory at address xxxx:xxxx that can't be read from."
Chances are your installed video card drivers are not compatible with DirectX.
The only solution is to get a DirectX 9-compatible driver from your video card manufacturer.
The Installer keeps stopping when a certain percentage is complete.
There are three likely causes:
q You may have run out of free space on your hard drive. Please remove unwanted programs to free up additional space for the game, and then reinstall Commandos 3.
q Files are possibly being copied to a corrupted area of your hard drive.
If this is so, you'll need to run the scandisk program and make sure to use the Thorough option (see previous). After scandisk has finished running and has informed you that your drive is free of errors, try to re-install.
q There may be dirt or fingerprints on the CD-ROM disc itself. Examine the bottom of the disc; if you see any fingerprints or dirt, carefully clean the disc using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth by wiping from the centre of the disc (near the hole) towards the outer edge in a straight line.
Commandos 3 is crashing to the desktop with no error messages.
This problem can be caused by several different things. Here's a list of the most common culprits associated with these crashes:
q Make sure the CD-ROM is clean (check for both scratches and smudges on the reading surface of the CD).
q Make sure the game has been installed properly.
q Make sure DirectX 9 has been installed properly.
q Make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card and that they are DirectX 9-compatible.
q Make sure you have the latest drivers for your sound card and that they are DirectX 9-compatible.
q Make sure Virtual Memory is enabled on your system.
q Run Scandisk.
q Run Disk Defragmenter.
q Clean out old temp (.TMP) files from the C:WINDOWSTEMP or
C:WINxTEMP directory on your hard drive (from Windows Explorer).
q Make sure you do not have any Anti-Virus utilities (like Norton's AntiVirus) running resident prior to playing Commandos 3.
q Make sure you do not have any third-party Windows memory management utilities (like QuarterDeck's QEMM) running resident prior to playing Commandos
q Make sure you do not have any 3rd party Windows disk caching utilities running resident prior to playing Commandos 3.
q Make sure you do not have Norton's Crash Protector running resident prior to playing Commandos 3.
q Try uninstalling and then reinstalling the game.
q Try exiting the game, rebooting your machine, and re-entering the game.
Note that if your system crashes to the desktop while playing Commandos 3, you should probably reboot your computer before starting a new play session.
Otherwise, DirectDraw or DirectSound may be in a locked state, and the game will be unable to use your sound or video hardware.
2.4 DirectX-Related Questions
DirectX has become the new standard in Windows application development. Nearly all high-performance software will be geared around this technology, so we do not normally recommend that customers attempt to alter its installation on their system
Can I Run Without DirectX?
I cannot use DirectX on my computer! Is there any other way to run Commandos 3?
If you do not have DirectX installed on your computer, you will not be able to run Commandos 3.
2.5 Technical Support
If you need further technical assistance after reading the Readme file please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the methods listed below.
When contacting us, please be sure to provide us with as much information as possible. Make sure to note the exact type of hardware that you are using in your system, including: your sound card, CD-ROM drive, amount of RAM present, speed and manufacturer of your processor. Also, make sure to include the title and version of the game, and a detailed description of the problem.
It will also help if you prepare by creating a “DXDiag” diagnostic file in Windows before you call us. Simply follow these instructions:
q Click on Start
q Click on Run
q Type dxdiag
q Click on OK
q Click on the Save Information button and save the file to your
When you call our Technical Support line either have this file open or have a printed copy. If you send an e-mail query you may attach the file to the e-mail.
Technical Support Contact Details (United Kingdom)
Address Wimbledon Bridge House
1 Hartfield Road
Phone 0870 9000222
Technical Support Contact Details (United States of America)
Address Eidos Customer Services
651 Brannan Street
Phone 415 615-6220
Fax 415 547-1201
Technical Support Contact Details (Australia)
NOTE: Hints and tips will not be given out over the Technical Support lines.
Alternatively, you may find help with hardware problems on one of the websites maintained by the supplier, some of which are listed below:
3D labs: www.3dlabs.com
ATI Technologies: www.ati.com
Creative Labs: www.creative.com/worldwide.asp
Eidos maintains a web page with links to all major video and audio card manufacturers, which is a good first stop if you are looking to upgrade your drivers. You can reach this page at:
Further technical information and drivers for Windows-based PCs can also be found at http://www.windrivers.com/
Commandos 3 Demo Walkthrough by S.Azar
As you start the level you will be centred over the Green Beret (Key 1) at the back of the train. Select the Spy instead (5) and use him and the Thief (6) to knock out the first carriage full of guards. You might need to employ diversion tactics to change someone’s line of sight, so use the cigarette packets or a thump on the wall to lure them away from position. 2 shots from the Spy’s needle will knock enemies out but you have a limited supply so use the thief to knock people out if possible and tie them up. Search their bodies and get their items before either tying them up or throwing them out of the window.
After the first carriage is cleared, dress your Spy in the highest-ranking uniform possible and move through to the next one.
Remove the guards in the same way. After this carriage has been cleared, get all your men into uniform and take them up on the roof of the first carriage from the back tank. If there is an empty room next to a group of guards, use the Green Beret to enter the room in uniform and place the decoy inside but away from him so that he can hug the wall and activate the decoy. The enemy guard should investigate and you can silently be rid of him, away from the line of sight of other guards. Eliminate the guards on the roof using rifles for a longer range, or your Green Beret for silent kills.
Now for the flat bed carriages, if you shoot the officer at the end nearest the front, you will activate more troops, so leave him for last.
Try to be as silent as possible as this minimises a sudden rush of guards to your area.
Before you eliminate the Officer, get your Spy in Lieutenant’s uniform and climb up the carriage with a rifle and eliminate the guards on top of the next set of carriages. There should also be an officer leaning out of the window, shoot him too.
Then make your Spy lie flat in uniform facing the back of the train in
Go back to your Thief and Green Beret and get them to kill the officer and then make them run up to the roof to join the Spy. Leave the Thief with the spy in Aggressive mode again, and take your Green Beret in uniform to clear the green tank-like carriage. Then drop inside and immediately drop down to the floor and shoot the 2 guards. Grab the grenades from the box and return to the surface of the tank. Eliminate the two guards in the coal carriage. If your health is low, you will need to use a health pack, but if you do not have one, then one of your team might so get them to use it on you as you go back to rejoin the group.
Your Spy cannot climb up carriages with no ladder or jump over carriages, so use him for inside clearance as much as possible and use the Thief for speedy rooftop access.
Whilst you have been getting grenades, troops of soldiers have been scouring the carriages looking for you. Some might even have found their way to the roofs, so keep an eye on your Spy and Thief to make sure they aren’t in danger.
Rejoin them and then make your way through the carriage using grenades to clear out large numbers of troops. Work your way to the back of the train again until the troops have stopped coming. They will rush out to each carriage in timed groups so make sure you’re not on the ground at the wrong moment otherwise they will catch you. The green tank-like carriage at the back of the train where the Green Beret came from contains a box with more grenades if you have left out any carriages. Take out the remaining guards with these or rifles.
Tip for guards facing a certain way inside a carriage: if you can climb over the roof to get behind them, then do so for a silent or unexpected attack.
Once the last remaining soldier has been knocked out, the mission should end.